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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. He also covers the suburbs in northern Hennepin and all of Anoka counties, plus breaking news and weather. 

Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
Two rescued from burning apartment building in Loretto

Two rescued from burning apartment building in Loretto

Authorities have not determined a cause for the fire.
An “Exit Only” sign along Hwy. 100 near France Avenue in Robbinsdale

Why new 'Exit Only' signs have appeared on Hwy. 100

Cable median barriers are coming to Hwy. 169 in Brooklyn Park and Champlin.
Field technician Gabriella Chacon gathered mosquitoes and other insects around Pomerleau Lake to check the level of infestation Friday in Plymouth.

After record snow and flooding, mosquito season is here to stay

The National Weather Service is predicting normal precipitation this summer, so mosquito numbers could continue to rise.
Police Detective Andrea Newton holds Doc, the Burnsville Police Department’s new wellness dog.

Wellness dog joins Burnsville police department

Plus: No takers for Richfield land; Robbinsdale duathlon set for Aug. 5.
The Metro D Line rapid bus made a stop Friday at 8th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, headed toward the Mall of America.

After a couple of lean years, Metro Transit is beefing up service

Buses will run more frequently, and some routes will be restored when service changes take effect June 17.
Rear-end crash leaves one dead in East Bethel

Rear-end crash leaves one dead in East Bethel

The crash happened Thursday afternoon on NE. Viking Boulevard.
Bicyclists crossed the Plymouth Avenue bridge in Minneapolis in August.

Portions of I-94, 35W in Twin Cities metro to close this weekend

MnDOT will take down part of the Plymouth Avenue bridge and resurface I-35W.
A three-month pilot project that aims to improve safety on Metro Transit buses and trains kicked off at the Target Field Station on Thursday.

Metro Transit 'reset' begins with safety intervention

The agency is partnering with community service groups and social service agencies to help riders who are homeless or have problems with drug use or mental health.
The crash scene on northbound Interstate 694 near Stillwater Boulevard in Oakdale.

2 killed in I-694 crash involving wrong-way driver in Oakdale, freeway reopens

The crash involving three vehicles happened at about 2:25 a.m. near Stillwater Boulevard.
Sun Country is one of the airlines that use Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s Terminal 2.

New MSP airport reservation system lets some travelers jump the security line

The MSP Reserve program launched Wednesday and will run at Terminal 2 through the summer.
Motorists waited for a traffic light on Hwy. 65 at 105th Avenue in Blaine.

With state money, fixes to Hwys. 10, 65 in north metro are ready to roll

Anoka County will add a third lane on Hwy. 10 through Coon Rapids.
A marker designates the new name of a 155-year-old cemetery in Osseo.

Historic Osseo cemetery gets a modern name

The graveyard at 124 W. Broadway, founded in 1868, is now known as the Open Gate Cemetery.
The Warehouse District/Hennepin light-rail stop in downtown Minneapolis.

A video shows a man's death at a Minneapolis light-rail platform. Authorities don't know how it got online

It appears a security camera at the downtown station recorded the incident.
Sixth graders at Osseo Middle School pushed hard for a snowplow to be named Blizzo — a nod to the music superstar Lizzo — during the Minnesota Dep

Osseo students meet 'Blizzo,' the MnDOT snowplow they helped name

Sixth-graders at Osseo Middle School pushed to name a snowplow after the Grammy-winning artist Lizzo.
Members of the Minnesota Uber Lyft Drivers Association paraded through the State Capitol on Monday night calling on Gov. Tim Walz to sign the bill tha

Gov. Tim Walz vetoes rideshare bill, his first veto in five sessions

Walz sets up a commission to explore Uber-Lyft driver pay and job security. It came hours after Uber announced plans to pull out of all Minnesota markets except the Twin Cities metro area, and only offer its premium products.
Miranda Sylvander helped Jacob Leverenz get a new set of vehicle license plates and tabs at the Carver County Service Center in Chanhassen on Monday,

'A fun place to go'? Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services works to improve customer experience

The agency has launched a multilingual "Virtual Assistant" and is exploring installing service kiosks in public spaces.
Travelers navigated the check-in kiosks at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday.

Minnesotans to jump-start summer this Memorial Day in the air and on the road

Just be ready: Airport lines will be long and highways will be jammed.
Columbia Heights City Council Member KT Jacobs.

After racist phone call, Columbia Heights City Council demands member resign — again

KT Jacobs said she will not give up her seat.
The sun sets May 16, 2023, at Sunset Park in Robbinsdale, Minn.

Air quality alert in effect for southern Minnesota, Twin Cities

Ground-level ozone is expected to be high during the afternoon Tuesday, putting air quality in an unhealthy range for sensitive groups.
A driver buckles up. A lack of seat belt use is one of the four leading causes of traffic fatalities in Minnesota, DPS data shows.

Buckle up: Minnesota participating in national seat belt enforcement campaign

Failing to wear a seat belt can result in a ticket and court fees costing nearly $100.
Uber and Lyft drivers rallied outside the House Chamber as the Commerce bill is taken up in the House Wednesday in St. Paul. Bills moving through the

Uber, Lyft call on Gov. Walz to veto legislation that would give rideshare drivers pay raise

The Minnesota Senate passed the bill Sunday night.
Family Handyman projects editor Mike Berner stands on the porch of a new sustainable structure he helped build at the Dodge Nature Center in West Sain

New sustainable structure rises at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul

West St. Paul New sustainable structure rises at Dodge Nature CenterA new structure at the Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul, built by a…
MnDOT converted the shoulder of westbound Crosstown between Valley View Road and Hwy. 100 in Edina into a third travel lane.

Crosstown drivers get extra lane, but it's only temporary

The shoulder on westbound Crosstown Hwy. 62 between Valley View Road and Hwy. 100 was converted into a third travel lane last week.
Driver found after pedestrian seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash on I-94 in St. Paul

Driver found after pedestrian seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash on I-94 in St. Paul

Red Wing man is cooperating with investigators, officials said.
A State Patrol helicopter pilot spoke to a group of school students on the Capitol south lawn Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn. For the first time, the State

Minnesota State Patrol joins ambitious nationwide push to recruit more women

The agency has a goal to increase the number of female troopers and support staff to 30% by 2030.
Cable median barriers have made travel safer for motorists by preventing careening vehicles from crossing medians into oncoming traffic.

Twin Cities metro roads have become far more dangerous since pandemic began

A spike in traffic deaths between 2020 and 2022 erased a decade of steady declines.
MnDOT conducted a road safety audit to find ways to make Hwy. 7 in the west metro safer.

Police teaming up to make Hwy. 7 in the west metro safer this summer

Police departments in communities along the heavily-traveled corridor from St. Louis Park to Minnetrista are joining forces to stamp out the bad driving behavior through an initiative called "Safe 7 Summer."
North Suburban Center for the Arts Executive Director Aly Rhodes.

Metro briefs: Struggling Fridley arts center will stay open, thanks to donations

Plus: West St. Paul weighing names for two small parks; electric vehicle infrastructure in Edina.
John Stahnke

Coon Rapids police chief steps down, no reason given

John Stahnke resigned effective May 1. Captain Bill Steiner, who has been with the department since 1997, will serve as acting chief.
This 2019 photo shows one of several distracted drivers using a cellphone and spotted by Eagan police officers.

3,400 Minnesota motorists tagged for distracted driving in April

Since Aug. 1, 2019, state law has prohibited drivers from holding their phones or other electronic devices in their hands while behind the wheel.
Sandy Cikotte Anderson cleaned off her son Robert’s grave marker at Forest Hill Cemetery in Anoka on Thursday. A second autopsy says that the Maple

Second autopsy says Maple Grove teen's 2009 death was a homicide

Sandra Cikotte Anderson had the body of her 19-year-old son, Robbie, exhumed in November.
A train departs the Blue Line Lake St. LRT station

Minneapolis City Council member: 'We need to act with urgency' on Lake Street LRT station

Jason Chavez witnessed a shooting Saturday near the Lake Street/Midtown platform.
Activities for kids will be among the attractions at the new Springtime & Sunshine Festival Mother’s Day weekend at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.

Anoka County Fairgrounds plans for new music festival

The Springtime & Sunshine Festival will take place Mother's Day weekend on the Anoka County Fairgrounds.
A Coon Rapids police squad car

Coon Rapids amends ordinance to crack down on bad driving behaviors

Actions such as car occupants hanging out windows or bystanders videotaping drivers doing burnouts are now ticketable offenses.
Glen Lake Skate Park in Minnetonka, shown in November 2022.

Metro briefs: Minnetonka skatepark plan on hold

Plus: New interim city manager in Columbia Heights; charter school proposed in Stillwater; Shakopee OKs pool plans.
Kirk Johnson set up “gravid traps” to catch pregnant or gravid mosquitoes next to a drainage culvert in Lauderdale in 2018.

Minnesota's summer forecast calls for an abundance of mosquitoes

Near-record snowfall and spring flooding created the perfect environment for a banner season of swatting and scratching.
Becky Mechtel

Becky Mechtel, who helped Minnesotans get driver's licenses for 47 years, dies at 66

Mechtel worked for the Department of Vehicle Services and embodied public service, those who knew her said.
Pat Mauch practiced giving CPR during a class put on by the Plymouth Rotary Club.

Plymouth Rotary Club is on a mission to save lives of cardiac arrest victims

The club aims to train 10% of the suburb's residents to perform life-saving measures.
David Nelson, on the right, Brenna Everson, both of Minneapolis, pick up trash along Hwy. 169 in Hopkins.

Minnesota groups urged to adopt a highway

More than 1,800 organizations collect roadside rubbish, but more help needed.
Food prices are up more in the Twin Cities than nationally.

Metro briefs: Anoka is getting a new (mystery) grocery store

The Anoka City Council has given Ryan Cos. the green light to proceed with plans to build a new 80,000-square-foot grocery store at the intersection…
A passenger boarded a Northstar train at Target Field station in August 2020.

Anoka County, Metro Transit squabble about Northstar funding keeps rolling along

A county committee recently denied Metro Transit's request for the county's share of operating expenses.
Man fatally shot in north Minneapolis; suspect sought

Man fatally shot in north Minneapolis; suspect sought

Police found the victim in a running car in the city's Hawthorne neighborhood.
Unable to resolve a long-running dispute with Ramsey County leadership, operators of the Ramsey County Fair have canceled this year’s celebration. T

Ramsey County Fair canceled for 2023 as talks break down

This will be the fourth consecutive summer that the fair operated by the Agricultural Society of Ramsey County has not taken place.
Blaine school bus bomb scare turns out to be a false alarm

Blaine school bus bomb scare turns out to be a false alarm

A student's out-of-context comment led to evacuations, police said.
A rendering shows plans for an enhanced bike lane on John Ireland Boulevard.

Piece by piece, John Ireland Boulevard bridge to get makeover in 2026

MnDOT will enhance pedestrian and bike facilities and is seeking feedback on designs.
The Minnesota Zoo is repurposing the 1.25 mile monorail trail as a walking trail through the trees and above the animals.

Metro briefs: Minnesota Zoo's Treetop Trail is nearly complete

The Minnesota Zoo's Treetop Trail, which will be the world's longest elevated walking loop, is moving toward completion with a grand opening set for July…
North Suburban Center for the Arts Executive Director Aly Rhodes.

Financially troubled Fridley arts center needs $15K to stay open

Without the money, the North Suburban Center for the Arts will close April 30.
Man, 85, dies in two-vehicle crash in Northfield, Minn.

Man, 85, dies in two-vehicle crash in Northfield, Minn.

A teen driver was injured in the collision near Hwy. 3 and Jefferson Parkway.
Woman, 11-year-old girl killed in northern Minnesota crash

Woman, 11-year-old girl killed in northern Minnesota crash

Second vehicle's driver also injured on snow-covered Hwy. 169 in St. Louis County.
Floodwaters covered 90th Street SE. just off County Road 17 on Wednesday in Delano.

Flooding escalates in Minnesota as rivers rise: 'Rain will not help'

After a winter of record-setting snowfall, melting snow and rain is flowing through tributaries across the state. The Crow River was expected to crest in Delano, Minn., on Wednesday.
Fire fighters put out the last of the flames at Lynde Greenhouse & Nursery in Maple Grove in October 2022.

Teens charged in connection with arson that damaged Maple Grove greenhouse

The nursery and greenhouse has reopened and greenhouses are being rebuilt.
Emily Jackson, a meteorologist with Hennepin County Emergency Management, checks a rain gauge at weather station in Medina.

In Hennepin County, outdoor warning sirens still key to delivering severe weather alerts

Sirens will sound Thursday as part of a Severe Weather Awareness Week drill.
A rendering of a speed wizard that drivers will see along I-94 between Oakdale and the St. Croix River and other metro area road construction projects

MnDOT turns to tech to keep work zones safe

Speed wizards are being used by MnDOT to urge drivers to comply with posted speed limits.
Dr. Quinn Strobl, medical examiner for Anoka County and for Midwest Medical Examiner, left, and fellow forensic pathologist Dr. Rebecca Asch-Kendrick

Metro briefs: Midwest Medical Examiner to serve Bayfield County, Wis.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office will now conduct autopsies for the Bayfield County, Wis., coroner's office.The Anoka County Board at its Tuesday meeting approved a…
The new Lake Street transit center in Minneapolis.

Two shot at 35W/Lake Street bus station, suspects sought

The victims were taken to HCMC, where they were reported to be in stable condition.
The swollen St. Croix River near Taylors Falls, Minn., where a teenager fell in the water Tuesday evening.

Still no sign of teen who fell from cliff into St. Croix River near Taylors Falls, Minn.

D'Andrea Sanvig, 18, of Luck, Wis., has been missing since Tuesday evening.
Thomas Burnett, Sr.

Thomas Burnett Sr., teacher and father of 9/11 Flight 93 hero, dies at 93

Longtime Richfield Public Schools teacher believed in fighting terrorism through education and active citizenship.
Nicholas Firkus

Nicholas Firkus sentenced to life in prison for wife's 2010 shooting death

Firkus maintained his innocence before his sentencing Thursday.
Afternoon rush hour traffic flowed along I-94 south of Oakdale on Wednesday. Spring is here, and so is road construction season as MnDOT announced its

MnDOT releases list of 2023 Minnesota construction projects

At a cost of $1.3 billion, the size and scope of MnDOT's planned work this year is comparable to that of recent years. But drivers can prepare for even more headaches beginning next year.
Teen falls off cliff into St. Croix River in Taylors Falls

Teen falls off cliff into St. Croix River in Taylors Falls

The search for the 18-year-old resumed Wednesday.
A rendering of the new Anoka County Emergency Communications Center.

Construction begins on Anoka County's new Emergency Communications Center

The county plans to spend $41 million on the facility, which will include mental health resources for staff.
Robbery suspect arrested in Anoka standoff charged with 2 felonies

Robbery suspect arrested in Anoka standoff charged with 2 felonies

Richard Daily also had five other outstanding warrants.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport control tower

Operations resume at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport after smoke reported in control tower

The tower was evacuated for about an hour.
Models don swimwear designed by Coon Rapids native Catherine Huss

Coon Rapids native designs line of swimwear for women

Catherine Huss had trouble finding swimwear she wanted. So she designed her own.
Amy and Greg LaVallee, whose son Phillip was killed in a distracted driving crash, shared their heartache during a news conference put on by the Minne

Distracted driving death has left Wright County family 'forever incomplete'

Distracted driving was a contributing factor in more than 32,000 crashes between 2018 and 2022.
Passengers awaited the train at the Franklin Avenue station in Minneapolis on Sept. 13.

Man shot on south Minneapolis LRT platform, suspects sought

The victim was in critical condition at HCMC.
Standoff ends in Anoka as suspect with hostage in vehicle arrested

Standoff ends in Anoka as suspect with hostage in vehicle arrested

The incident began the day before as a shoplifting case at a Blaine Walmart.
White Bear Lake hockey pull-tabs at Jimmy’s Food and Drink in Vadnais Heights in 2021.

White Bear Lake youth hockey group sues gambling manager who quit

Christine Olson is accused of breaching her fiduciary duty by attempting to bring about the organization's financial downfall.
Kade Eggum

Eagan police officer hurt in crash released from hospital

Kade Eggum was critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash March 14 on I-35E.
A St. Paul Police officer pulled over a speeding car in March 2020.

Why do Minnesota drivers speed? Public safety officials want to know

The goal is to figure out how to get motorists to drive more safely.
David King shoveled the driveway of his home while wearing a t-shirt in Maple Grove, Minn., on Saturday, April 1, 2023. “I’m going to get more sun

Heavy snow makes for third-snowiest winter of all time in Twin Cities

Tens of thousands of Minnesotans were without power and roads were slippery by Saturday morning.
Applebee’s officials did not specifically say why the company was closing its location in Brooklyn Center, which it has served since 1985.

Applebee's is latest business to leave Brooklyn Center

The closure at Shingle Creek Crossing came a week after Walmart announced it will close its nearby supercenter this month.
David King shoveled the driveway of his home in Maple Grove on Saturday. “I’m going to get more sun on my arms in two hours of shoveling than I go

Minnesota digs out after heavy snow, with another storm likely next week

Tens of thousands of Minnesotans lost power, and many reported unplowed roads.
Traffic backs up on northbound Hwy. 252 near 70th Avenue N. in Brooklyn Center.

Metro briefs: MnDOT taking comments on plans for Hwy. 252

Residents and business owners in two north metro suburbs are getting a clearer picture of what the future Hwy. 252 might look like.The Minnesota Department…
A snowy night has given way to sunnier skies Saturday morning, as seen in downtown Minneapolis.

Minnesota digs out after heavy snow, with another storm likely next week

Snow totals were still being posted, as thousands of Minnesotans were without power and roads remained slippery.